Celebrating Diversity with Music, Storytelling and Dialogue

About our Service:
Join Pianist/Vocalist/Native Flute Player, Percussionist and Storyteller Lauren Hooker from Teaneck, NJ for a service of interactive and joyful music and meditation as she shares with us ways of not just tolerating but embracing our cultural diversity.  Artistic Director of Musical Legends and the former Teaneck Cultural Arts Coalition, Ms. Hooker is embarking on a tour of UU congregations across the country this summer that are Sanctuaries for Immigrants or at least sympathetic to their situation.

About Lauren Hooker:
Lauren Hooker is an award-winning Vocalist/Pianist, Songwriter and Storyteller with three critically acclaimed CDs and numerous radio and television appearances to her credit. Based in the NY Metropolitan area, she has performed at The Omega Institute, The Cathedral of St John the Divine in NYC and The Cape May Jazz Festival to name a few. Lauren serves as Artistic Director and performs in her Arts in Education Company Musical Legends, LLC. Now in its 25th year, they have been commissioned several times by The Cathedral of St John the Divine in NYC, and have been featured in WBGO’s Jazz Concert Series for Children, The Newark Museum, and Liberty Science Center to name a few. Their unique brand of bringing to life Authentic Legends through interactive music, storytelling and movement has enchanted thousands of children and adults in countless schools, museums, libraries and festivals to rave reviews. Lauren has earned Community and Artistic Awards having served as Artistic Director for numerous First Night Celebrations via an Arts Coalition she co-founded. Ordained as an Interfaith Musical Celebrant-Minister, she officiates and provides music for celebration of life ceremonies while working on her “You Can Do It Too” Interactive Book Series. Her teaching credits include: Bank St School in NYC, several Montessori Schools and as a Teaching Artist in the NYC Public Schools with Arts Horizons.

Worship Leader:  Jen Glassman